Pretty Pincushion Sew Along {and catnip toy}


Pin Cushions are so much fun to sew because they are fast and a perfect stash buster!  I was so excited to try this new little pattern from Fat Quarter Shop.  You can watch this little video and whip one up in a snap!  I added dried lavender to the inside of mine 🙂


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I had to include Mufasa in my little project so I sewed on into a catnip pillow!IMG_8728

For the pin cushion I used Backyard Roses by Riley Blake Designs.  I followed the instructions for the piecing and used a piece of lace instead of twill tape.  I used Heat n Bond Fusible Fleece and I used Crossroads denim on the back.  I purchased the walnut shells at my local pet store – boy I will be making more of these to try an use up that big bag!  I thought it might be nice to add some dried lavender into the mix.  That way you put the pins in, it smells nice 🙂


Wouldn’t these be super cute for little hostess gifts, birthday gifts or swap extras?


For Mufasa’s catnip pillow I filled it with poly fill and dried catnip.  I also used cotton on the back so it would be light – I knew he would want to carry it around in his mouth!

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If you choose to make the catnip pillow, make sure you don’t use it as a pincushion.  You don’t want those pins anywhere near your kitty!cat lady catnip pillow 5

I love Cotton+Steel selvage – especially when it involves cats!  It’s the purrrrrrfect accent to this little pillow!  cat lady catnip pillow 6


You can read more about this little project on the Fat Quarter Shop Blog!  Be sure to check out these talented designers to see their renditions of “The Pretty Pincushion”.  Thanks for stopping by!

Kitty from Night Quilter

Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl

Nicole from Modern Handcraft

Jessica from Quilty Habit

Jessee from Art School Dropout

Tina from Emily Ann’s Kloset

Michele from Island Life Quilts

Angie from Gnome Angel

Sinta from Pink Pin Cushion

Melissa from Happy Quilting

Simple Zipper Bag {Fat Quarter Shop}


Today I’m sharing my version of the Simple Zipper Bag pattern from Fat Quarter Shop.  They just released this fun and instructional video with all the measurements and instructions so you can make your own!!

I selected a charm pack of Cotton + Steel and I sub-cut the pieces into 2.5″ squares.



I used a super soft Crossroads denim for the back and the binding.

I followed the instructions almost exactly – only making a few changes.  I didn’t have the Soft n Stable so I used my trusty stabilizer trick:  Heat n Bond medium weight fusible stabilizer and then Spray n Bond basting spray to adhere it to quilt batting.  It gives such a nice feel!


I used a chunky metal zipper which I love!  You just have to be careful when sewing over the metal teeth.  I used the hand wheel and not the foot control to gently sew over the metal teeth.  Then I used the junkiest scissors I could find to trim it down.


This size pouch is perfect to hold a journal or small sketch book and writing or drawing supplies.  It would also be perfect for embroidery projects!IMG_8528

Mufasa loves the pouch too!!  I can hide cat toys in it!IMG_8541Hop over to these wonderful blogs to see more versions of the Simple Zipper Bag!!!

Tina from Emily Ann’s Kloset

Jessee from An Art School Dropout’s Life

Erin from Why Not Sew?

Kitty from Night Quilter

Leanne from She Can Quilt

Vanessa from Lella Boutique

Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl

Sherri from A Quilting Life

Cristy from Love You Sew

Leslie from Seasoned Homemaker

Tiffany from Tiny Seamstress

Little Ruby Quilt Along {Fat Quarter Shop}



You’re invited to join in the Little Ruby Quilt Along by the Fat Quarter Shop!   Mufasa and I are excited to put together this fun quilt with you!LittleRuby-Quilt

This week we are choosing our fabrics, gathering supplies and getting familiar with the pattern.  Watch this video to learn more 🙂

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Mufasa and I have chosen to use Vintage Picnic by Moda.

Here is the schedule:

Part 1: today! Choose your fabric, gather supplies, and read the pattern

Part 2: Monday, June 13th– star blocks:

Part 3: Monday, June 27th – quilt assembly:

Part 4: Monday, July 11th – Your finished quilt:

moda kitty vingate picnic    You can check out the amazing bloggers who are participating in this Sew Along!

Melissa from Happy Quilting

Angie from Gnome Angel

Erin Cox from Why Not Sew

Andy from A Bright Corner

Heidi from Buttons & Butterflies

Pat from Pat Sloan

Peta from She Quilts a Lot

Heather from Quilt Story

Megan from Quilt Story

Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl

Gerri from Planted Seed Designs

Sherri from A Quilting Life

Rebecca from Bryan House Quilts

Sherri from This & That Patterns

Jemima from Tied with a Ribbon

Alyce from Blossom Heart Quilts

Stephanie from Modern Sewciety

Brooke from Silly Mama Quilts

Carrie from Moda’s United Notions

Pretty Playtime Quilt Along


Have you seen the latest book from Fat Quarter Shop and Elea Lutz?  It’s called Pretty Playtime Quilts and it’s the cutest book ever!  First, who doesn’t love that it’s spiral bound – genius!  The book is filled with adorable quilt blocks that can be made into 6 quilts……or you can make the blocks and create your own quilt!IMG_7733

Fat Quarter Shop is hosting a Quilt-Along and here’s the schedule if you’d like to join in!  Each week a different designer will be featuring a quilt block from this book!

Week 2 – Erin from Why Not Sew?
Week 3 – Wynn from Zakka Art
Week 4 – Anorian from Samelia’s Mum
Week 5 – Amy from Diary of a Quilter
Week 6 – Renee from Sewn with Grace
Week 7 – Jemima from Tied with a Ribbon
Week 8 – Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl
Week 9 – Debbie from Happy Little Cottage
Week 10 – Tina from Emily Ann’s Kloset
Week 11 – Erica from Kitchen Table Quilting
Week 12 – Kristyne from Pretty by Hand
Week 13 – Heidi from Fabric Mutt
Week 14 – Brigitte from The Family Hearth
Week 15 – Lorrie from Sew Mod Designs
Week 16 – Kristin from They Grow Up Too Fast


Mufasa is helping me choose my fabrics and we can’t wait to show you what we’re making!IMG_7735

And I also have to say the Elea Lutz might just be the cutest person in the whole world 🙂IMG_7737

Spooky Delights Table Runner Finish


Today is the final day of the Spooky Delights Table Runner from Fat Quarter Shop!  I love how mine turned out!  It was such a fun little quilt to put together.  My favorite part of the whole quilt is the patchy border.  I just love it!  You can download the final instructions from Fat Quarter Shop HERE. spooky delights table runner 2

I am so happy to have this finished!  I can tuck it away for a few months and when I get it out in October I will be like opening a present just for me!


I quilted it with swirls – I wanted it to look spooky 🙂

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Mufasa the quilt model is thrilled with it 🙂IMG_7252 Now it’s your turn – get sewing!!!

Captain America Inspired Quilt {a patriotic quilt}

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I couldn’t resist putting this quilt together.  My family is totally obsessed with the Avengers, especially  Captain America and Iron Man.  We were so excited for the movie to come out!!!  We went to the first showing at 9:30 pm last night!  I was so much fun.  I love going to movies when the theater is packed with fans who cheer and clap together!

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To celebrate this milestone in Marvel history, I created this quilt inspired by Captain America.  My 8 year old daughter is totally in love with him.  I guess we will be fighting over the quilt!

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I curated this selection of Fat Quarters from Fat Quarter Shop just for this project.  You can view it here.  I wanted a fun mix of red, white, and blue fabrics.  This quilt totally works for a summer patriotic quilt if you’re not into #teamCap.

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Lets Get Started

Finished block 9″, Finished Quilt 54″x72″

All Seams 1/4″


18 Fat Quarters (I used each one pictured above)

1.5 yards solid white

3 yards Heat n Bond Feather Lite Fusible Applique

Pattern, click HERE

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Make the Stripe Block

Cut the red prints and white prints into 3.5″ strips.  (Since we are using Fat Quarters, they will be half the WOF long)

Sew in strip sets of red, white red.  Press toward the dark.

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Cut each strip set in increments of 9.5″.  Each block should measure 9.5″ square.

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For the applique block…

Cut 24 blue squares 9.5″

Draw the pattern onto the Heat n Bond Feather Lite.  You will need 24.  I like to used the Feather Lite because it doesn’t add any weight or stiffness to your quilt.  It holds it in place just long enough to cut and sew it.

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Press the heat n bond to the wrong side of the white solid fabric.

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Put on Captain America I and II and cut out all the circles and stars following the pattern line.

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Position the circle and star in the center of each blue block and heat set in place.

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Top stitch around each piece with white thread.

***Optional **  “Winter Solider” Block.  My teenage daughter is in love with Bucky the Winter Solider so she insisted we represent him in the quilt.  We switched out one of the blue blocks for a gray block with red star applique.

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Now it’s time to have some fun with all the blocks!  I hand them all to my daughter and she lays out the quilt for me.

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Sew the quilt together in rows, pressing after each and matching each seam intersection.

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This quilt is totally Mufassa approved!

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And approved by The Captain himself!  (Yes we have a giant cardboard cut out of Captain Rodgers!!!)

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OK, I am seriously in love with it!  It screams summer picnic!!!!

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May the 4th Be With You {Star Wars Quilt Pattern}

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We go a little crazy on May the 4th in our family!  I really think it should be a national holiday!  I am so totally in love with this latest Star Wars themed quilt.  It is the perfect for a young child, a teenager, or an adult!  In fact everyone in the family is fighting over who gets it!!

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I curated this fun fabric bundle from Fat Quarter Shop.  You can find it by clicking HERE.

Screen Shot 2016-05-03 at 12.02.38 PMI choose fabrics that were inspired by the colors of BB8 and Rae – 2 of our favorite characters!  I used all the fabrics in this collection and only added a yard of solid black fabric.


Mufasa was very helpful in making this quilt.  I think the quilt will end up being his 🙂

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The quilt is made up of 9 of these blocks with sashing and a border.  It measures 50″ square.  For the full instructions and FREE pattern, click HERE to download.

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I hope you love making this quilt – I sure did!  may the 4th quilt 2

And remember, May the 4th be with you!!may the 4th quilt 4

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Spooky Delights Quilt Along Part 2


It’s week 2 of the Spooky Delights Quilt Along by Fat Quarter Shop!  This week it’s time to construct the center portion of the table runner!  You can find the pattern by clicking HERE.


As soon as I got all my pieces cut out, Mufasa decided it was the purrrrrfect napping spot!

I love how these little pumpkins have a pinwheel and a door!


And then it was time for another nap!!!


Instead of appliquéing the center portion, I added 2.5″ strips that are off-set, keeping the center measurements the same so the borders will fit.


This is so much fun and I love getting holiday items sewn early!!!


Spooky Delights Quilt Along from Fat Quarter Shop


Whose ready for a super fun quilt-along!!!  I am!!!  I am totally excited for this FREE Spooky Delights Quilt Along from Fat Quarter Shop!  October is such a busy month that I never have time to sew anything fun for Halloween.  I love sewing holiday projects early so I can look forward to using them.  This Spooky Delights table runner is perfect for a dining table, a coffee table, a buffet, or even folded over the arm of a chair or a couch!


Best of all this little project is divided up into 3 manageable tasks:


You can download the Fabric Requirements right now by clicking HERE.


The fabrics I choose are traditional black prints and orange prints with a touch of light teal tossed in for fun.  I can’t wait to get started!


Of course I always consult Mufasa for all my fabric selections.  If he lays on them it means he approves!!

So join in the fun – all you have to do today is download the fabric requirements and choose your fabrics!  Super easy – you’ll be so happy you made this come October 1st!SpookyDelights-SM

Classic Heirloom Quilts – Fat Quarter Shop Sew Along


I love the classic style of Heirloom quilts, don’t you!  I have inherited several quilts from my Great-Great Grandmother, Veda.  These quilts are such treasures to me.  When I look at these quilts with their hand cutting, hand piecing and hand quilting, I marvel at the the time and love that went into their construction.  Veda was a poor farmer’s wife with 3 daughters living in Kansas.  I hope my attempts at quilting make her proud.


This is one of Veda’s red and white quilts – all those triangles!!  I love this book, Classic & Heirloom Quilts inspired from the 1800’s.  There is even a video you can watch!! I choose to make a small quilt with Riley Blake Designs Strawberry Biscuit fabric.  Screen Shot 2016-04-06 at 9.03.14 PMI love this pattern because it uses 2.5″ cuts and it’s a perfect scrap-buster as well.  This book shows how to make each of the 8 patterns in a mini, throw, or queen size quilt.


Mufasa was very helpful in messing up all my rows I had lined up!IMG_5979

Then he redeemed himself by taking a very smart photo next to the finished quilt 🙂  IMG_5996

In piecing this quilt I used my favorite method of “grab and go” which means I didn’t lay any blocks out – it’s totally random.  Some “like” prints ended up next to each other and I’m totally ok with that, it makes it unique!IMG_5998